Write a 3 pages paper on the search for identity and meaning. The stories of Dave Eggers’ Zeitoun, Elizabeth Gilbert’s The Last American Man, Kenneth Lonergan’s This is Our Youth, Ann Patchett’s What

Write a 3 pages paper on the search for identity and meaning. The stories of Dave Eggers’ Zeitoun, Elizabeth Gilbert’s The Last American Man, Kenneth Lonergan’s This is Our Youth, Ann Patchett’s What Now, David Wallace’s This is Water, How Tracy Austin Broke my Heart and Matthew Dickman’s book of poetry All American Poem are signposts we should follow in finding American values and our place in today’s society. Discussion Can we as Americans today say that we are truly self sufficient? Decidedly not, I would think. We have lost touch with nature and the elements, with the realities of life and what really matters. The best things in life come free, it is always said, and who can know that better than Elizabeth Gilbert’s real life hero, Eustace Conway, who she portrays in her 2002 book as The Last American Man. Is she describing the last American cowboy, one asks, as he pores over her book? It appears so, for she is besotted with his masculinity and reserve and 19th century values. He can survive in the wilderness and the mountains and jungles, no matter what the terrain- even in Alaska, living off the land and its resources. The message of her book as I see it is that we need to get back to the ideas of self sufficiency and self respect.

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